Current Affairs Quiz: October 25 2018

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  1. Where did Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurate the 3-day Sagar Discourse 2 conference, on 24th October 2018?
    1) Panaji, Goa
    2) Guwahati, Assam
    3) Bhubaneswar, Odisha
    4) Kolkata, West Bengal
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Panaji, Goa
    Explanation:
    On October 24, 2018, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated 3-day Sagar Discourse 2 conference in Panaji, Goa. The Maritime Conference SAGAR Discourse 2.0, was organized by Forum for Integrated National Security. It aimed to highlight technological, economic and developmental opportunities with space and research. Scientists and researchers from around 15 countries participated in the conference. The Governor of Goa, Smt. Mridula Sinha, the Minister for Panchayat, Goa, Shri Mauvin Godinho, the former Chairman of ISRO, Dr. Kiran Kumar, the Convener of SAGAR Discourse, Dr. Prabhakaran Paleri and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
    SAGAR – Security And Growth for All in the Region.
  2. Where will the TECH 2018, an international conference, be conducted from 15-17 November 2018, by UNESCO MGIEP in association with Government of Andhra Pradesh?
    1) Bengaluru, Karnataka
    2) Vizag City, Andhra Pradesh
    3) Hyderabad, Telangana
    4) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Vizag City, Andhra Pradesh
    Explanation:
    UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) in association with Government of Andhra Pradesh has announced TECH 2018, an international conference, to be held from 15-17 November 2018, at Novotel, Vizag City, Andhra Pradesh. This conference aims to showcase the role of games and digital learning in enabling a shift from transmissive pedagogies to transformative pedagogies to develop peaceful and sustainable societies. It aims to act as a holistic platform for the ministers of education, senior policy makers, education technology specialists, educators and teachers, curriculum designers, researchers, learners, students, game designers, and ed-tech exhibitors. Following the success of TECH 2017, UNESCO MGIEP will organize TECH annually for the next 4 years.
  3. 38 MoUs worth ______ dollars were signed among 20 technology providers, capital goods manufacturers and steel producers, to enhance manufacturing of capital goods for iron and steel industry, on 23rd October 2018?
    1) $5 billion
    2) $50 billion
    3) $500 billion
    4) $100 million
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) $5 billion
    Explanation:
    On 23rd October 2018, 38 MoUs worth $5 billion were signed among 20 technology providers, capital goods manufacturers and steel producers, to enhance manufacturing of capital goods for iron and steel industry. The MoUs were signed at a conclave on Capital Goods for Steel Sector: Manufacture in India, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), MECON Limited and Steel Ministry. Out of the 20 companies that exchanged MoUs, about 12 are foreign companies. Some of the companies that signed MoUs were: China-based ACRE, Italy-based CSM, Luxemburg headquartered Paul Wurth, Danieli Corus, SAIL, JSW, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, MECON Limited, Heavy Engineering Corporation Limited. The MoUs were signed for coke oven, agglomeration, blast furnaces, steel making, rolling mills, waste to energy and iron ore crusher and beneficiation.
  4. Who is the convener of the Expert Group constituted by Union HRD Ministry to formulate a draft policy to reduce weight of schoolbag?
    1) Bala Subramanian S
    2) Ranjana Arora
    3) Vivek Kumar Singh
    4) Kunal Kashyap
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Ranjana Arora
    Explanation:
    On October 22, 2018, Union HRD Ministry has constituted an Expert Group to formulate a draft policy to reduce weight of schoolbag. It will be convened by professor Ranjana Arora of the National Council of Educational Research and Training(NCERT). The MHRD issued an order on October 5 to formulate a policy on schoolbags on the lines of Children School Bags (Limitation on Weight) Bill of 2006, which never turned into a law. This was formed after the Madras HC judge Justice. N. Kirubakaran on May 29 had ruled the law to be implemented by the Centre. Maharashtra and Telangana already have a policy in form stating the weight of school bag not to exceed 10% of the students body weight.
  5. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved creation of special Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FIDF) with an estimated fund of ____ rupees, on 24th October 2018?
    1) Rs.7,522 crore
    2) Rs.6,788 crore
    3) Rs.2,389 crore
    4) Rs.8,678 crore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Rs.7,522 crore
    Explanation:
    On October 24, 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved creation of special Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FIDF). It will have an estimated fund size of Rs.7,522 crore. It will be comprised of:
    • Rs.5,266.40 croreto be raised by the Nodal Loaning Entities (NLEs),
    • Rs. 1,316.6 crorebeneficiaries contribution and
    • Rs.939.48 crorebudgetary support from the Government of India.
  6. Union Cabinet approved a MoU between India and which country on the constitution of a Joint Working Group (JWG) on FinTech, on 24th October 2018?
    1) Malaysia
    2) Turkey
    3) Russia
    4) Singapore
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Singapore
    Explanation:
    On October 24, 2018, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved a Memorandum of Understanding between India and Singapore on constitution of a Joint Working Group (JWG) on FinTech. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Singapore in June, 2018. It has been constituted for cooperation in the area of FinTech between the two countries.
  7. Which is the only Indian company among top 10 firms to get foreign labour certification for the H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2018 ending on September 30?
    1) Infosys
    2) Accenture
    3) Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
    4) Wipro
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
    Explanation:
    On October 24, 2018, Tata Consultancy Services is the only Indian company among top 10 firms to get foreign labour certification for the H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2018 ending on September 30. This was announced by Department of Labour’s Office of Foreign Labour Certification. The Department of Labour’s Office of Foreign Labour Certification processed 654,360 applications for the H-1B of which 599,782 were certified, 8,627 were denied and 45,951 were withdrawn. Among the positions certified, software developers and applications accounted for nearly one-fourth followed by computer systems analysts, Computer Occupations, Software developers, system software, accountants and auditors and computer programmers. California topped the list of States for getting maximum H-1B labour certification, followed by Texas, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Washington and Pennsylvania.
  8. Where did India, Afghanistan and Iran held their first trilateral meeting on Chabahar port project, on 23rdOctober 2018?
    1) Tehran, Iran
    2) Kerala, India
    3) Kabul, Afghanistan
    4) New Delhi, India
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Tehran, Iran
    Explanation:
    On October 23, 2018, India, Afghanistan and Iran held their first trilateral meeting on Chabahar port project in Tehran, Iran. The meeting held discussions on full operationalisation of the trilateral Agreement for international transit and transport through Chabahar port. The Indian delegation at the trilateral meeting was led by T.S. Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations). It was decided to hold the next meeting of the coordination council in the first half of 2019 in India.
  9. Where was the 11th session of India – Czech Republic Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation (JCEC) held on 22nd and 23rd October 2018?
    1) New Delhi, India
    2) Mumbai, India
    3) Prague, Czech Republic
    4) Hague, Netherland
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Prague, Czech Republic
    Explanation:
    On 22nd and 23rd October 2018, the 11th session of India – Czech Republic Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation (JCEC) was held at Prague, Czech Republic. The Indian delegation was led by Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution, C. R. Chaudhary. The Czech Republic delegation was led by Miss Marta Nováková, Minister of Industry & Trade of Czech Republic. C. R. Chaudhary met with Mr. Martin Tlapa, Deputy Minister, Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic. They discussed issues like direct flight, long term study visa, strengthening of mutual Trade and investment relations. Technical meeting of 11th session of India-Czech Republic Joint Economic Commission was also held simultaneously at Prague.
  10. International Conference on Status and Protection of Coral Reefs (STAPCOR – 2018) was held at Bangaram coral Island of which state/union territory on 22nd to 24th October 2018?
    1) Andaman and Nicobar
    2) Lakshadweep
    3) Goa
    4) Pondicherry
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Lakshadweep
    Explanation:
    On 22nd to 24th October 2018, International Conference on Status and Protection of Coral Reefs (STAPCOR – 2018)was held at Bangaram coral Island of Lakshadweep. The conference was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Theme for the conference was: “Reef for Life”. Nearly 150 delegates from India and other countries participated. The conference was organized by: Department of Environment and Forest, Union Territory of Lakshadweep Administrationwith technical support of Zoological Survey of India and in association with Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, IUCN, ENVIS, following the declaration of 2018 as 3rd decadal International year of Reefs.
  11. The Overseeing Committee (OC) that is formed under the inter-creditor agreement (ICA) for resolution of stressed assets will have how many members?
    1) 5
    2) 3
    3) 6
    4) 2
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) 6
    Explanation:
    The Overseeing Committee (OC) that is formed up under the inter-creditor agreement (ICA) for resolution of stressed assets will have 6 members. The members of OC include: Janki Ballabh (former Chairman, State Bank of India), MBN Rao (former Chairman & Managing Director, Canara Bank), M Damodaran (former Chairman, SEBI) and HR Khan (former Deputy Governor, RBI). OC will also include a senior Tata Group executive from power sector and a Bombay High Court Judge. OC is set up under the administration of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA). It will approve resolution plans for stressed assets submitted by lead lenders.
  12. Which company selected 19 start-up companies for its first global start-up collaboration programme named ‘AI in Healthcare for Radiology, Ultrasound and Oncology’, on 23rd October 2018?
    1) GE Healthcare
    2) Seimens Health
    3) Philips
    4) Rockwell Automation
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Philips
    Explanation:
    On 23rd October 2018, Philips selected 19 start-up companies for its first global start-up collaboration programme named ‘AI in Healthcare for Radiology, Ultrasound and Oncology’. The programme will be held for 12 weeks and it will focus on the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare. It will offer 19 AI start-up companies access to Philips’ health technology expertise and its ecosystem of knowledge partners. The programme will focus on the application of AI-based clinical decision support tools like image interpretation, analysis and integration and workflow tools like intelligent treatment plans for radiology, ultrasound and oncology.
  13. Who has been named the recipient of the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize?
    1) Narendra Modi
    2) Emmanuel Macron
    3) Vladimir Putin
    4) Justin Trudeau
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Narendra Modi
    Explanation:
    The Seoul Peace Prize Committee has decided to confer the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is conferred this award in recognition of his efforts to improve international cooperation, global economic growth, Human Development of people of India, economic growth in the world’s fastest growing large economy and development of democracy through anti-corruption and social integration efforts. He was chosen from more than 1300 nominators from across the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the 14th recipient of this award. He has accepted the award. The award will be presented by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation at a mutually convenient time.
  14. Which Indian body won the UN Award for excellence in promoting investments in sustainable development, on 22nd October 2018?
    1) Invest India
    2) NITI Aayog
    3) SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India)
    4) NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development)
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Invest India
    Explanation:
    On 22nd October 2018, Invest India, India’s investment promotion body, won the UN Award for excellence in promoting investments in sustainable development. The award was presented by Armenian President Armen Sarkissian to Deepak Bagla, CEO of Invest India, at the World Investment Forum, Geneva. The event was attended by over 6,000 participants. It was organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Other winners of the award were: Bahrain Economic Development Board and the Lesotho National Development Corp.
  15. Where did Sachin Tendulkar give away prizes to the winners of South Asia Regional WASH innovation, on 22ndOctober 2018?
    1) New Delhi, India
    2) New York, United States
    3) Thimphu, Bhutan
    4) Dhaka, Bangladesh
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 3) Thimphu, Bhutan
    Explanation:
    India’s legend cricketer and UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia, Sachin Tendulkar gave away prizes to the winners of South Asia Regional WASH innovation in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, on 22nd October 2018. The event was organised by UNICEF in association with BRAC, a Bangladesh based international organisation. The basic aim of the challenge was to identify innovative solutions to promote the practice of hand washing with soap. More than 700 teams from South Asia had submitted their ideas about how to get everyone to wash their hands with soap. In the final held on Monday, 12 teams presented their ideas. Two teams from Bangladesh and one from Pakistan got top three places.
  16. Name the Director of CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) who was divested of his role, on 24th October 2018?
    1) Alok Kumar Verma
    2) Rakesh Asthana
    3) Santhosh R
    4) Rohit Sharma
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Alok Kumar Verma
    Explanation:
    On 24th October 2018, Alok Kumar Verma, Director of CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and Rakesh Asthana, Special Director of CBI were divested of their roles. The Government of India has divested the roles of Alok Kumar Verma and Rakesh Asthana, following allegations of corruption by senior functionaries of CBI one against another. A Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) probe is pending on both of them. Alok Kumar Verma was appointed as 27th Director of CBI in January 2017. He is a 1979 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. Rakesh Asthana is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre. He was appointed as the special director of the CBI in October 2017.
  17. Who was appointed as Interim Director of CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) with immediate effect on 24th October 2018?
    1) M. Nageshwar Rao
    2) Sathvik Reddy
    3) Mithun Sharma
    4) Tushar Kapoor
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) M. Nageshwar Rao
    Explanation:
    The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of M. Nageshwar Rao as Interim Director of CBI with immediate effect, on 24th October 2018. M. Nageshwar Rao is an Indian Police Service Officer (IPS). He is currently working as Joint Director of CBI.
  18. Name the app launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24th October 2018, with the theme “Self4Society”, which will act as a single platform to bring together the efforts of IT professionals and organizations towards social causes, and service to society?
    1) Humara Desh
    2) Main Nahin Hum
    3) One India
    4) For the Society
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 2) Main Nahin Hum
    Explanation:
    On 24th October 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the “Main Nahin Hum” Portal and App. The “Main Nahin Hum” portal works on the theme “Self4Society”. It will act as a single platform to help IT professionals and organizations to bring together their efforts towards social causes, and service to society. It would enhance collaboration towards the service of the weaker sections of society, through technology. After the launch, Prime Minister interacted with IT and electronic manufacturing professionals from nearly 100 locations across India, through video conference, in a townhall style format.
  19. Name the AI powered customer service app launched by Life Insurer PNB Metlife, on 24th October 2018?
    1) Khushi
    2) Neo
    3) ConnetNow
    4) Swathi
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 1) Khushi
    Explanation:
    On October 24, 2018, Life Insurer PNB Metlife launched AI powered customer service app called ‘Khushi’. It has been designed by PNB Metlife’s innovation centre- Lumer Lab in Singapore. It is designed to be a one-stop shop for insurance related information anytime, anywhere. It will provide interaction with the customers via text and speech. It can also work as branch locator and can arrange a call with the customer representatives on request. Over all it will work as a customer assistant and will use minimum bandwidth.
  20. Na. Muthuswamy, passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, on 24th October 2018. He was a _____?
    1) Journalist
    2) Politician
    3) Scientist
    4) Theatre Artist
    5) None of these
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – 4) Theatre Artist
    Explanation:
    On 24th October 2018, popular theatre personality Na. Muthuswamy, passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 82 years old. He founded the avant-garde theatre group ‘Koothu-p-pattarai’ in 1977. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1999 and the Padma Shri in 2012.

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    Answer
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    Answer
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    Answer
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    Answer
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    Answer
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